Bravado's Project Destiny in peril

LucasAM
December 27th, 2018 18:35

The South African team Bravado, who turned heads at DreamHack Open Winter with a second place finish, could see their dreams of competing in North America come to an end unless the organization is able to secure further funding.

Project Destiny is the name given to Bravado's journey to North America after the South African organization was able to score a good enough sponsorship deal to send the five players and coach overseas.

Bravado started their grind in ESEA Main, which they won, earning themselves a spot in MDL. The South Africans then won MDL, but did so during a season that didn't grant them an ESL Pro League spot.

Bravado's dreams of competing in a top region are under threat

This season, Bravado were knocked out of the ESEA MDL playoffs and weren't able to make Pro League, but they made up for it by qualifying for their first ever international event (not counting African qualifiers), DreamHack Open Winter, where they had a 2nd place finish and beat teams like OpTic and G2.

Bravado, who were nowhere to be seen in the rankings when their journey began, have become a top 30 team, and are currently resting at #28 in the world thanks to the opportunities they've had living in North America.

Bravado's progression could be halted because of a lack of funding

In June, the team moved to Texas, where two of the organization's main sponsors, Dell and Alienware, have their headquarters, but the cost of maintaining a team in North America, as well as not being able to find local sponsors to help the players with O1/P1 visas, has put Project Destiny in peril.

Bravado has qualified for the IEM Katowice Americas Minor, which will take place in Poland on January 22-26, but if the organization is unable to find further funding to send their players back to the United States, they will have to return to South Africa as the organization looks to secure funding to send them back in the future.

For those interested, Bravado has released a statement explaining the situation in more detail, here, and included a contact point to the organization's management as well as a link and information about a crowdfunding campaign aimed at covering the bare minimums to keep the team in North America.

#9
steel | 
Albania SLMDNKASR 
a good team. rip
2018-12-27 18:37
Rip
2018-12-27 18:37
Bravado could acctually become a tier3 team, go fund this bois
2018-12-27 18:37
#79
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Brazil Cold_beast 
Better than portugese scene
2018-12-27 19:24
What are you saying lmao im literally doing my part Expected from budget portugal
2018-12-28 00:20
>budget portugal Good one
2018-12-28 16:21
#170
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Spain dabehx 
portugal is budget itself
2018-12-28 17:52
shut up budget mexico
2018-12-28 17:57
#172
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Spain dabehx 
shut up budget III Reich
2018-12-28 17:57
#14
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
RIP the african dream
2018-12-27 18:37
#16
Xyp9x | 
Brazil Jeanzera 
Sonic is a good player, maybe FaZe Sonic?
2018-12-27 18:37
#18
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Estonia Chaostic 
setup a gofundme
2018-12-27 18:37
#51
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Estonia Chaostic 
thank
2018-12-27 18:52
Damn that sucks
2018-12-27 18:38
sad
2018-12-27 18:39
oh man that sucks
2018-12-27 18:39
best of luck for them
2018-12-27 18:40
#36
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Argentina W0LFy[RushB] 
Good luck to them!
2018-12-27 18:40
#43
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Brazil Vitor_IS 
F, good luck bravado :(
2018-12-27 18:46
#48
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Finland Emvi 
Sad, hopefully they can get the funding
2018-12-27 18:50
#54
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Australia _Se7en 
already donated all my christmas money for the wall.
2018-12-27 18:54
#56
jokes | 
Brazil on_you 
F save_bravado_ffs
2018-12-27 18:55
#57
nak | 
Canada tabar_nak 
MOTAR2K HELP
2018-12-27 18:56
#166
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Europe JackReacher 
+1
2018-12-28 12:45
#58
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Slovakia SLAVak 
Good luck Bravado. Given a few years they might become a Top 5-6 NA Team.
2018-12-27 18:56
Good team, hope they find the fundings...
2018-12-27 19:10
#75
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Iraq Blitzer 
Pray4Bravado
2018-12-27 19:17
#84
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Israel davkin 
Cmon envy you have the chance to sign a way better roster than the current one
2018-12-27 19:29
current envy plays in proleague these bots cant win mdl
2018-12-27 19:42
#108
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Czech Republic b1g_braxt0n 
Lol they already did tho, nice reading skills
2018-12-27 20:33
lol u retarded or what they never won mdl tard
2018-12-27 23:19
#139
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South Africa Wick_ed 
They did last season but there wasn't any Pro League promotions from MDL.
2018-12-28 00:42
yes and this season when it mattered they couldnt win and qualify for pro league lmao
2018-12-29 18:27
#159
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Czech Republic b1g_braxt0n 
they don't teach English well in your country friend
2018-12-28 07:34
yes and this season when it mattered they couldnt win and qualify for pro league lmao
2018-12-29 18:28
#176
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Czech Republic b1g_braxt0n 
You said "never", that's not never Mr smooth brain
2018-12-30 17:22
#85
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United Kingdom suge 
pretty sad really but not surprising; any chance another org would wanna pick these guys up? Obviously buyouts are an issue but you'd think Bravado would be accommodating in letting them go for cheap if an opportunity which kept them in the US came about. Feel like a big pro/streamer will drop 10k or something and get them over the line for the 3 months of funding but it's not a long term solution
2018-12-27 19:32
current donations: missharvey 50 tarik 500 MIBR Manager (dead) 500 Pog
2018-12-27 19:35
lul alienware mainsponsor cant give them 30k .. disband pls lul
2018-12-27 19:41
#102
D0cC | 
Brazil neuRoO 
maybe it is a question of "trusting" because they aren't winning anything too expressive. let's see if the community is able to do something :p
2018-12-27 20:07
Sad. Hope they get their sponsors. Ps; how many pro teams are sponsored by dell,alienware, razer etc. And what do does companies offer in cash for teams
2018-12-27 19:43
I think it just might be free computers and peripherals and shit
2018-12-27 19:58
Pretty sad
2018-12-27 20:25
They just needed to get in the pro league but they fucked up. If the results are not there why would anyone put so much money into them. They couldn't even win in Mumbai against top 200 teams
2018-12-27 19:48
wait didn't they win in Mumbai?
2018-12-27 19:56
Yes but it wast a convincing win. They lost a bo3 against Signify in the semis upper bracket.
2018-12-27 21:21
At least they won the event even if it wasn't tier 1 - 3 teams.
2018-12-27 19:57
i just checked - they won it so idk what you are talking about
2018-12-27 19:59
#160
cArn | 
India sujay95 
They won the final but Signify had beat them 2-0 in a bo3 upper bracket final earlier.
2018-12-28 09:21
yeah but he said "They couldn't even win in Mumbai against top 200 teams" - thats not really true
2018-12-28 12:19
#178
cArn | 
India sujay95 
yeah he dumb
2019-01-02 02:47
#95
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Canada |Frog 
Can everyone do me a favor and go donate? Thanks :)
2018-12-27 19:50
Nice, good luck.
2018-12-27 21:15
#119
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United States styxxa 
Damn dude, that really kinda sucks. Even if things start to fall apart for them, I hope Detrony can still somehow find a way to keep the team going, especially considering that he's been doing so for over a decade.
2018-12-27 21:38
#126
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Sweden Beaneater 
feel bad for them coming from a dead region, so unfair for them
2018-12-27 22:39
#132
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Brazil Seleskva 
GL TO THEM
2018-12-27 23:25
#134
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North America inkrias 
sad, they just started getting results...
2018-12-27 23:53
glllll bravado
2018-12-27 23:55
Ouw sad news, really sad. I hope the boys find a good sponsorship to keep the team, and the hope off South Africa has a big scene
2018-12-28 02:19
#146
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United States xiquo 
As much as dell makes i don't really get this. Hope they can get a new sponsor/investor as i know that can be difficult at times.
2018-12-28 02:38
#153
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Turkey rusty james 
its not dell. its dell south africa.
2018-12-28 04:12
#155
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United States xiquo 
oof
2018-12-28 05:10
#156
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Turkey rusty james 
i mean its still a pretty big name even for a subsidiary but i dont think they got unlimited resources as their name implies.
2018-12-28 05:12
#157
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United States xiquo 
i see
2018-12-28 05:14
if anyone paid a group of 5 people to play video games, they would be a top 30 team. just from invites to local tournaments...
2018-12-28 03:11
#161
cArn | 
India sujay95 
Really want them to secure necessary funding. I don't want to see a budding scene set back because of this.
2018-12-28 09:25
#162
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South Africa Thazrog 
Here's to hoping they reach their goal and can continue with Project Destiny. I donated!
2018-12-28 09:38
#163
zews | 
United Kingdom h4mm|vIp 
Good man
2018-12-28 10:34
These ppl have what it takes to qualify for pro league. hope they can play in NA for another year.
2018-12-28 12:07
Hopefully sponsors will be Found to keep Bravado alive
2018-12-28 15:11
Please, don't let Bravado die, these guys are great players
2018-12-28 15:33
Someone budget them bois. We need more new teams from another regions
2018-12-28 18:19
#177
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Croatia mds818 
I see some members made nice donations, hopefully more people will show up
2018-12-30 21:18
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